They diagnosed me a schizophrenic when I was just a Gemini. ‘The other side of madness’

Colin King

in Reconceiving Schizophrenia

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Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780198526131
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Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

They diagnosed me a schizophrenic when I was just a Gemini. ‘The other side of madness’

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As a conclusion to this paper, the black researcher has to analyse his or her own pain in representing the voices, histories, and cultural experiences of the ‘black schizophrenic’. The researcher must also censor those who act in unethical ways. The black researcher, in giving information to white institutions, must also ensure that the professionals and the theories that pathologize are exposed. I strongly believe that the user is best positioned to understand the impact of the other, those who theorize and those who intervene into and judge their world. More specifically, whiteness must not escape structural scrutiny.

No longer do I want to go into the homes of black men, as a researcher or a practitioner, and understand their lives through tools that bear no resemblance to their world. When I left the project in Birmingham, when I left that black man in hospital, and when I think of my life in this setting, it reinforces the need to assess how they are understood by the other. There is now an imperative to introduce ethnical standards in the assessment of mental illness. Users should not only be an essential part of this process, they should be part of the ethnical board that examines the practice of the theorist, the practitioner, and the researcher. More specifically in the arena of racism, the black user should be encouraged and activated to use the new Amendments to the Race Relation Act 2000 to ensure that they are consulted with and to monitor all interventions, legal, political, theoretical, and economic that may affect the relationship between racism and mental illness. The alternative is that the establishment will continue to use Christopher Clunis, who stabbed and killed whiteness, as the indicator of how black men are as the noble savage.

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